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Man trapped in concrete pipe for more than 2 hours

It took more than two hours for emergency crews to free a construction worker trapped in a concrete pipe in California. The incident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 when a construction worker was performing some type of work in an underground pipe. Emergency personnel were not clear as to how the man became stuck in the pipe, but the original call that came in was for a person trapped in a confined space near the area of Starlight Avenue and Oak Valley Parkway.

According to reports, emergency workers also had to enter the pipe in order to free the man. They were above five feet down in the ground as they worked on safely extricating the patient from the confined space. The man was eventually removed from the pipe and transported to the local hospital to have minor injuries treated.

There was no information at the time regarding how the accident initially happened. An investigation may be conducted to see if safety equipment malfunctioned or if the worker failed to follow some type of protocol. Steps may also be taken by the company or agency that the man works for to prevent such construction accidents from happening again in the future.

When an individual is involved in a workplace accident, they do have some rights under current law. They may be able to file a workers' compensation claim to have medical bills and part of their lost wages covered. They also may be able to seek reimbursement from their employer for various expenses. They may work with an attorney to learn more about their options and make a more informed decision regarding their legal case.

Source: Banning-Beaumont Patch, "Construction worker gets trapped in concrete pipe in Beaumont", Renee Schiavone, November 08, 2014

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